By Our Own Hands – A People’s History of the Grenadian Revolution

A new pamphlet from CLS by
Steve Cushion and Dennis Bartholomew

Between 1979 and 1983, the people of the Caribbean nation of Grenada made a courageous attempt to overcome the legacy of slavery, British colonialism and a viciously corrupt post-colonial dictatorship.

The tragic last few days of the Revolution have obscured the remarkable achievements of the Grenadian people during the previous four years. In the face of the unceasing hostility of the United States government and its continual destabilisation campaign, the people of Grenada rebuilt their economy with an emphasis on social justice and economic stability rather than mere profit for, mainly foreign, capitalists; they established a remarkable education system and improved their health service; they started a house-building and housing repair programme that addressed the needs of the poorest members of society.… Read on ...

Cutlass issue 10

Issue number 10 of Cutlass, the bulletin of Caribbean Labour Solidarity is now available to download from here…

Articles on:

  • Bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country
  • Zones of Special Operations in Jamaica
  • The colonial status of Puerto Rico
  • Climate change, imperialism and justice for the Caribbean
  • The UWI Centre for Reparation Research
  • Domestic violence in the Americas

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‘1.5°C to stay alive’: climate change, imperialism and justice for the Caribbean

In the wake of the two recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of the Caribbean, Leon Sealey-Huggins of Warwick University has published an excellent article in Third World Quarterly. In the wake of the two recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of the Caribbean, Leon Sealey-Huggins of Warwick University has published an excellent article in Third World Quarterly. “What has happened this year has been terrible to watch,” says Dr Sealey-Huggins, “and what is of immediate concern now is the clear-up operation. There is a need for fast and direct help and support from the world. But it is also crucial that we take time now to set this in a wider historical and political context and listen to the Caribbean region – otherwise these kind of events will just keep happening in same, or worse, pattern of repeats,” he states.… Read on ...

Up Down Turn Around

The Political Economy of Slavery and the Socialist Case for Reparations
by Steve Cushion

A pamphlet from Caribbean Labour Solidarity

When British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Jamaica in September 2015, he ignored calls for an apology and reparations for the Transatlantic slave trade, instead offering £25 million to build a prison for Jamaicans currently serving sentences in the UK. The British government has a long history of such contempt for those victimised by slavery and the ongoing consequences to the descendants of people enslaved under the British Empire despite or, perhaps, because of the vast wealth that British capitalists extracted from the Caribbean during the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.… Read on ...

Killing Communists in Havana

Jesús Menéndez, General Secretary of the Cuban Sugar Workers’ Federation

The Start of the Cold War in Latin America
by Steve Cushion

The Cold War started early in Cuba, with anti-communist purges of the trade unions already under way by 1947. Corruption and government intervention succeeded in removing the left-wing leaders of many unions but, in those sectors where this approach failed, gunmen linked to the ruling party shot and killed a dozen leading trade union militants, including the General Secretary of the Cuban Sugar Workers’ Federation.

Based on material from the Cuban archives and confidential US State Department files, this SHS Occasional Publication examines the activities of the US government, the Mafia and the American Federation of Labor, as well as corrupt Cuban politicians and local gangsters, in this early episode of the Cold War.… Read on ...